14
Feb

In the Cart: February 2017 Compilation

Here’s a compilation of some of the biggest stories affecting grocers for February 2017. New Rules from TX Department of State Health Services on Food Handlers Texas Food Establishment Rules adopted this past year (September 2016) have several new requirements for retail establishments. One of those areas of rule change is in article 228.33  (click […]

26
Jan
Food Deserts talk at Rice

Food Deserts: A National Concern

Recently TRA’s Joe Williams spoke to students of Rice University about a very important topic: Food Deserts. Joe’s been working with grocers across the nation for decades and has seen the impact a proper grocery store can have on a community. He also knows what can happen when fresh, healthy food isn’t readily available. We’ve […]

03
Jan

TRA Announces Legislative Priorities

For Immediate Release January 3, 2017 AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Retailers Association (TRA) has prepared legislative priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature.  Collectively, TRA represents more than 320,000 retail establishments and over 3.5 million jobs across the state. The association supports all levels of Texas retail including grocery stores, chains and single location small […]

29
Dec

Texas retailers, service sector optimistic for 2017 but uncertainty abounds

TEXAS SERVICE SECTOR AND RETAIL EXECUTIVES POSTED RECORD LEVELS OF CONFIDENCE IN THEIR COMPANIES’ OUTLOOK, CITING THE END OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THE STATE’S IMPROVING OIL AND GAS SECTOR. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ future general business activity index for the state’s service sector hit an all-time high of 39.8, indicating optimism […]

14
Dec

Visa Changes Debit Routing Rules for EMV Deployments

The National Grocers Association (NGA), along with other merchant organizations and payment systems stakeholders, raised concerns this year to both the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Visa’s actions that were deployed as part of EMV migration upgrades. As you may recall, retailers began seeing new screens shown on […]

09
Dec

Holiday Shipping Deadlines for USPS, FedEx and UPS

It’s that time of the year again, when we all get to spread holiday cheer. Sometimes that means you’ve got to ship that cheer across the country and hope that it arrives in time to make it under the tree. Here at TRA, we’d like to take at least a little worry out of the […]

05
Dec

TRA Member Target to Open “Flexible Format” store near UT Campus

AUSTIN – Target announced Thursday it will open its first “flexible-format” location in Texas near the University of Texas-Austin. The Minneapolis-based company said the 22,000-square-foot store will be at the southeast corner of 21st Street and Guadalupe Street, within the Dobie Twenty21 building. The move is part of Target’s plan to open stores in densely […]

23
Nov

U.S. holiday shopping season kicks off with Gray Thursday

U.S. retailers are bracing for what’s expected to be the most robust kickoff to the holiday shopping season since the 2008 financial crisis — though shoppers will likely do most of their shopping online and some retailers won’t be open on Thanksgiving. Shoppers could spend more than $8.4 billion on electronics, clothes, toys and gifts […]

27
Sep

TRA Partners with NRF for their Digital Summit!

Texas Retailers Association joined more than 5,000 professionals at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center as they discovered new ideas, got actionable takeaways and built strong relationships with the brightest and most innovative players in the digital retail world.